Skippers drop to 4-4 in conference play

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Men’s and Women’s teams suffer losses
Jason Watts II
Sports Editor

The St. Clair County Community college Men’s and Women’s basketball teams both suffered losses against Schoolcraft College by a large margin.
Starting with the Men’s team earlier this week, they lost to Schoolcraft by a score of 96-84. It was a close ball game for the first few minutes of the first half as the Skippers were giving the Ocelots a fight but found themselves down 47-34 at the half. The Men’s team struggled taking care of the ball. Apparently, there was a clear lid on the basket as the Skippers shot well under 40 percent the whole game.
On a positive note Chris Parker led the Skippers with 25 points, followed by Xavian Edwards with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Following them, Jay Springs had 10 points and 5 rebounds and Jason Watts had 10 points and added 11 rebounds to the team’s rebound total.
I was able to reach out to assistant Coach Mike Davis for his take on the loss against Schoolcraft College, “We were unable to sustain our defensive intensity for long enough periods of time in the game to stop Schoolcraft’s offense. Schoolcraft moved the ball well and made the extra pass to get great shots instead of just settling for good looks. We must learn to trust and run our offensive sets, and stay united on defense whether we’re in man to man or zone defense, especially if we want to beat a good team like Schoolcraft.”
In other news, the Women’s team also suffered a similar defeat against Schoolcraft. Schoolcraft scored 76 while St. Clair County Community College only scored 56. Leading the way for Schoolcraft College was Elise Tolbert with 25 points and teammate T’era Nesbitt right behind her with 15 points in the win. In the 20 point loss there was some bright spots for the Lady Skippers in the game. Madison Fox-Valko had 24 points and 5 rebounds to add to the team’s total rebounds of 47. Leah Humes scored 16 points and led the team in assists on the night with 7.

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